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Another Man's Poison (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 January 1952 (USA)
In an isolated house, mystery writer Janet Frobisher is involved in potentially murderous relationships.

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Mystery writer Janet Frobisher lives alone in a dark English country house, when she's not philandering with her secretary's fiancée. At an extremely awkward moment, she has an unwelcome visitor: George Bates, who claims to be the partner in crime of Janet's estranged husband. George insinuates himself into Janet's home and life despite her efforts to get rid of him; the tangled relationships develop into a macabre, murderous cat-and-mouse game. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She Had Everything You Could Give A Woman To Torment A Man!

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The house used in this film is owned by the UK National Trust (as of 2016) and has been known as the Malham Tarm Field Studies Center since 1947. It and the surrounding countryside are used by students for the study of geography, geology and biology. See more »

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George Bates: I do not like the human race / I do not like its silly face / But give me a puppy for a friend / And I'll be faithful to the end.
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Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Mitchell Parish
Used instrumentally (character Janet plays record)
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Davis & Merrill Duo Star in their Own Home
26 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's fascinating to watch the wife and husband duo go at each other playing anything but a loving married couple. What makes this, of all of Bette Davis' movies rich is that the set is her own home; and, what a place it is. Not a palace, but a very British type of country home.

Davis' & Merrill's acting is superb; the plot is thick; the script worthy of Davis' fantastic articulation & conveyance of attitudes contrary enough to part the Red Sea.

Everyone's got their favorite Bette Davis film, if they're a fan of the US classics from Warner Bros.. Mine is this "Poison...," because it's the 4th time the dynamic duo act together but the first time they both have leading roles; it's filmed in their own home which reveals so much about Davis' tastes & I could feel her comfort with the set; the mystery.crime.drama is unsettling; and to the end, I watched wondering how Davis would get out of the ugly situation in which Merrill's held her.

There's something very different about this movie because Davis put on the production herself outside of a domineering studio. Considering the year & women's social inferiority in the workplace, even in Hollywood, it's remarkable that Davis pulled "Poison..." off so well.


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